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Old 12-01-2012, 12:00 PM   #3811
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It is time for me to get a carbon fiber chassis, any opinions on which one is the best?
I would say to wait a bit. Exotek is coming out with the version 2 of their chassis and an adapter piece to fit the IFS on it.
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Old 12-02-2012, 11:56 AM   #3812
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Ok so I am looking at getting one of these for the fledgling F1 class in my area. I currently race GT3 and Tamiya Mini classes. So I do have some experience although am far from a pro. Is there a post that I can be pointed to in this thread that has a list of the must have hop ups to start with? With the thread being 255 pages reading the whole thing would have me reading till next year .

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Ok so I am looking at getting one of these for the fledgling F1 class in my area. I currently race GT3 and Tamiya Mini classes. So I do have some experience although am far from a pro. Is there a post that I can be pointed to in this thread that has a list of the must have hop ups to start with? With the thread being 255 pages reading the whole thing would have me reading till next year .

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Old 12-02-2012, 01:20 PM   #3814
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Ok so I am looking at getting one of these for the fledgling F1 class in my area. I currently race GT3 and Tamiya Mini classes. So I do have some experience although am far from a pro. Is there a post that I can be pointed to in this thread that has a list of the must have hop ups to start with? With the thread being 255 pages reading the whole thing would have me reading till next year .

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Fast gear set (smaller spur gears (4) than box stock spur gear)
Spur gear 48p. 30-34t
Some sort of reinforced front suspension arms. (Search this thread)
Sticky tires such as shimizu soft

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Diff housing: use 1000 grit sand paper from Walmart to make the joining surfaces absolutely smooth to prevent leak problems. Over-tightening diff housing can warp the housing and cause leaking also.
Back up the diff gear one or two notches than manual recommendation for smooth gear meshing.

Use thick grease on o-rings to prevent leaky rear shocks as there is no screwed on end caps.

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IFS - if using with exotek upper arms, polish the aluminum balls for the king pin to make the ifs smooth. And take out upper black plastic spacer on the king pin and use a 2mm spacer instead. Don't use too much lube on the friction shocks. It is very thick.

Exotek carbon chassis ver 2 is due in about two weeks.
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Old 12-02-2012, 01:25 PM   #3815
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I noticed the lower A-Arms on the IFS kit are quite a bit different than the box-stock arms. Are they less prone to damage at all? It also looks like the IFS upper deck is more reinforced, another big complaint.
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The lower ifs arms are stronger but weak spot is where the ball joint attaches. See 2-4 pages back with photos.
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Old 12-02-2012, 02:11 PM   #3817
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The lower ifs arms are stronger but weak spot is where the ball joint attaches. See 2-4 pages back with photos.
Do the brass camber plates help at all?
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Sorry for another shameless plug, but selling my last FGX here on RcTech. Please check it out.
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Thanks to those that responded. Going to start a list of the upgrades that I will purchase. Looks like the wife will be getting me the FGX itself for Christmas. So the upgrades will be on me . Really looking forward to this car.

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Pirelli Pzero tire decals should be at the top of the list after you buy all the must have items.

Oh I forgot. A good 2.0mm machine tipped or Ti nitride tipped hex wrench helps a lot when you assemble this kit.
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I have alot of the usual build tools used in these builds. I am an avid RC Aircraft flier/builder. Plus my TC 6.1 worlds, M-05L (Hopped up), and TB-02 (Hopped up) have all been done/built by me. I wouldn't do any build without my dynamites . But that is always a great tip thanks.

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I have built over a dozen Tamiya kits and all of them had philips head screws. 3racing FGX was my first kit that came with full hex head screws. As a result, I ended up building the whole car with an L -wrench. When I was done, my finger tips hurt so much! Since then I have purchased proper tools and it's been a lot easier on the fingers when I install new parts on the car.
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I know the feeling. Luckily I already had the Dynamites from the airplane stuff. I learned the hard way on that stuff. L wrenches are no fun at all.

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Pirelli Pzero tire decals should be at the top of the list after you buy all the must have items.

Oh I forgot. A good 2.0mm machine tipped or Ti nitride tipped hex wrench helps a lot when you assemble this kit.
Ground carbide is even better. More accurate and lasts longer.
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